Monday, May 10, 2010

Dear Comic Art Fan,

This week we lost a giant in the industry with the passing of Frank Frazetta. His dynamic paintings and illustrations defined genre fiction and inspired generations of artists that followed him. He was a master of his craft and worked in a wide variety of media and genres from his early work on funny animal comics to painting pulp novel covers and movie posters to the animated film Fire & Ice. Even after losing the use of his right hand to a stroke, Frazetta continued to work by teaching himself to draw and paint with his left. On behalf of the CAF community we would like to extend our condolences to Frank Frazetta's family and friends.

See you next week.

Colin Solan
CAF Editor

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Heritage Auctions (HA.com) - Come see the Comic Art closing in this Sunday's Weekly Internet Auction #110053 
 
A Few Sample Lots:

Matt Baker - Fight Comics #50 page 3 Original Art (Fiction House, 1947) 
 
Pat Boyette - The Phantom #40 page 1 Original Art (Charlton, 1970) 
 
Steve Ditko - Scary Tales #12 "Drowned Girl" page 6 Original Art (Charlton, 1978) 
 
Also check out the latest in the Comic Market at Heritage here...



Premium Member of the Week :: Peter P

1. Please tell us a little about yourself. 

I'm an industrial designer/design engineer from Sydney, Australia, and I'm really info sci-fi, horror and fantasy based works. I used to buy way too many comics, mainly for the art, growing up reading 2000AD, Judge Dredd, and Lee Falk's The Phantom, and then moving on to many Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse titles after discovering McFarlane's run on Amazing Spider-Man. I stopped about 15 years ago, and I've just gotten back into it because the art and imagination were missing from my life.

2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?

When I think of my favourite piece I guess that would mean the piece with the greatest nostalgia, that being the Nemesis Cover by Kevin O'Neill. It is one of those covers, as a teen, where I would be totally blown away by the imagination and artistic quality of the series. Like most collectors it is really impossible to to pick one piece over the others because they are all unique and have their own appeal. Although the Ross Kindom Come page and Bianchi's Wolverine DSP come in a close second for visual impact!

3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?

I started collecting original comic art about a year ago. The addiction started when I found a Geof Darrow Shaolin Cowboy illustration on ebay, I thought, Wow! You can buy this stuff? Yes I lived under a rock and had no idea that comic art was retained by the artists. I bought a couple of small pieces to put on the wall, and in an all too familiar story, has grown into an obsession! And many thanks to Bill, the team at CAF, and all the great friendly members for providing such a fantastic site which has helped me to expand my collection and my appreciation of art.
 
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?

I've got my nicer pieces framed all around the home (I build my own custom frames), and the rest I keep in acid-free portfolios.

5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?

This is a hard one, as I keep finding new stuff all the time, my collecting is not character driven, I just try and attain compositionally beautiful and detailed pieces. Besides dreams of a Frankenstein plate, a Frazetta illustration and a sweet Mark Schultz cover, I'm always after great examples of an artists work, but pieces I'd love to add to my collection:

1. A page from Aliens: Tribes by Dave Dorman, or a fantastic Predator/Aliens/Star Wars painting by Dave.
2. A painted cover by Gabrielle Dell'otto.
3. A page from Wildcats/X-Men The Golden Age by Travis Charest.
4. An inked Geof Darrow Hard Boiled page.
5. An Andy Brase cover or other fine example of his amazing work.

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